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Complete series cast summary:
Elizabeth Hurley ...  Christabel Bielenberg 4 episodes, 1988
Stephen Dillane ...  Peter Bielenberg 4 episodes, 1988
Nigel Le Vaillant Nigel Le Vaillant ...  Adam Von Trott Zu Solz 3 episodes, 1988
Geoffrey Palmer ...  Mr. Burton 2 episodes, 1988
Ann Bell ...  Mrs. Burton 2 episodes, 1988
Suzan Crowley ...  Lexi 2 episodes, 1988
Renny Lister Renny Lister ...  Aunt Ulla 2 episodes, 1988
Jim Carter ...  Bausch 2 episodes, 1988
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ...  Frau Muckle 2 episodes, 1988
John Boswall ...  Alois 2 episodes, 1988
Sam Preston Sam Preston ...  Nicky 2 episodes, 1988
Ryan Le Neveu Ryan Le Neveu ...  John Bielenberg 2 episodes, 1988
Toby Lawson Toby Lawson ...  Older Nicky 2 episodes, 1988
Alastair Haley Alastair Haley ...  Older Nicky 2 episodes, 1988
Andrey Justice Andrey Justice ...  Older John 2 episodes, 1988
James Exell James Exell ...  Older John 2 episodes, 1988
David Lyon David Lyon ...  Kreuze 2 episodes, 1988
Sam Kelly ...  Karl Langbehn 2 episodes, 1988
John Burgess John Burgess ...  Neisse 2 episodes, 1988
Nicola Wright ...  Clarita 2 episodes, 1988


An English girl marries a German lawyer in the 1930s and they try to live as normal a life as they can in Hitler's Germany. When Allied bombs start falling on German cities, Christabel takes her two young sons to a village in the mountains. Then she learns that her husband and some of his friends have been arrested for plotting to assassinate Hitler. She travels to the prison where he is held, wondering if telling the commandant that she knows Winston Churchill will help her husband or seal his fate. This is said to be based on a true story. Written by Dale O'Connor <>

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16 November 1988 (UK) See more »

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Budapest, Hungary See more »

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(4 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An important piece of work
21 April 1999 | by KafcaSee all my reviews

Christabel's true story needed to be told. Not just because she was the wife of a man involved in the plot to assassinate Hitler, but because it shows the all-too-ignored German life during wartime. It shows the humanity and the doubts felt by many Germans, keeping away from the stereotypes so prevalent in many films about the era. The actors playing Germans speak in broad English accents, and this is a brilliant device, because they make the Germans identifiable characters. There is one scene when an older German man, in Nazi uniform, teaches Christabel's children how to salute Hitler. Because the German does it in English tones, you may be even more chilled. Elizabeth Hurley looks little like her current model self. Her acting attains everything the writers and director would've wanted, but without a brilliance. It was, it must be remembered, one of her first features. Overall, this is an important piece of work for the reality it gives. One of Hurley's best scenes is when she's sitting with an old German woman in the street just as the bombs start to fall. They cry together, and you may want to cry with them. This is an autobiographical film about good people put into extraordinary circumstances, how they thought, how they argued, and the choices they made. All through the piece you wonder whether you'd do the same things. 8/10

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